How to say goodbye to wet-weather bug infestations in the home … – Stuff.co.nz

NATALIA DIDOVICH

Last updated13:04, April 6 2017

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Cockroaches are more likely to venture indoors in wet weather conditions.

Just as you like to stay indoors to shelter from wet and wild weather, so too do the bugs that you’d rather keep out.

David Brittainfrom pest control company Kiwicare said bugs are more likely to try and enter your home during wet-weather.

“They come inside for the same reason you and I would,” Brittain said.”Most insects prefer warm and try conditions as opposed to wet and cold.”

“Many insects are disturbed bymoist, humidconditions sowhen it is raining or it has rained, you will have more activity.”

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WHICH INSECTS SHOULD YOU LOOK OUT FOR?

Brittain said it’s mostly “fair-game” but the insects that tend to retreat indoors during the winter months, such as cockroaches and ants, are more likely to infiltrate the home when it rains.

“When you do get weather like we’ve had over the past few days you tend to get a lot of cockroaches cominginside, mostly native and some pest species, that might have been living in chip bark in the garden and have been forced inside due to the wet conditions.”

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If in doubt, contact an exterminator for advice.

HOW DO YOU GET RID OF THEM?

Protect your home from wet-weather infestations by creating a “insect-proof barrier” around your home, ideally before bad weather hits.

“You can create a barrier by using a surface spray around the base of walls, vents, doorways orany other placewhere crawlinginsects can get in,” said Brittain.

“Ifthere are things like chip bark,flowerbeds or lawnareas close to the house, then you can sprinkle insecticides on those areas that can seep down into the soil. This is beneficial as although mostinsects will stick to thesurface,ants can tunnel their way into the house andso you need abarrierdeep in the soil to stop them before they get in.”

What if thecreepy crawlies have already made it past the front door? Brittain said it’s a case of spraying around to catch rogue culprits or to set of a fumigator bomb in the home to eradicate any unwelcome house guests.

BE PREPARED

Brittain’s top tip for wet-weather pest management is to be prepared.

“Be proactive andif you start seeing a problem, deal with it,” said Brittain. “The sooner you deal with it the better will be, prevention isalways better than cure.”

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